Archives for April 2017

Why Give to Charity?

Why People Give a blog by guest writer/Tidewater Arts Outreach volunteer Tiye Johnson You may wonder why you feel so good when you volunteer in your community or give a donation to a charity. Well, that’s because it’s in your DNA. Researchers found that when you ask a person to think about giving money to […]

Why the arts are needed now, more than ever

To quote a great line from an old movie, “What we have here is a failure to communicate.” New personal technology (aka PDAs, smartphones, handheld devices, etc.) are changing all of us, but youth most markedly. On the flip side of that coin, we see elders withdrawing from life as the aging process and/or our […]

“Hidden Heroes” April Workshop Aids Caregivers

Our April “Hidden Heroes” program had caregivers coming together around a failure-free, creative process of painting flowers in the post-impressionistic style of Vincent Van Gogh.  Facilitator Amanda Wallace, MFA, led the group.  Caregivers were enthusiastic about both the education experience and the creative process. “This program showed me new ways to communicate with the person I […]

“I Remember Better When I Paint”

Elizabeth “Like” Lokon, Ph.D., MGS, developed “Opening Minds Through Art” at Scripps Gerontology, Miami University, OH. The process brings together elders with dementia and college students, in six, eight of twelve-week sessions, to engage in visual arts processes. ‘Modern Art’ techniques eliminate the need to make artwork resemble real life, freeing participants to become absorbed […]

MoCA, PRA Group, Berger Goldrich Home Partner on Inter-Gen Program

MoCA’s Mindful: Exploring Mental Health Through Art was the perfect backdrop for a coming together of generations on March 28.  Tidewater Arts Outreach arranged to have PRA Group associate volunteers use their service day to learn about, tour and create art with elders and caregivers from Beth Sholom Village Assisted Living. The program started with 60-minute orientation […]

Sea Level Festival Guitar Heroes

Well, we don’t have the photos, yet, but we want to post about the 2017 Paul Reed Smith Guitar Raffle winners. We had five – count ’em – five mighty fine guitars to give away this year.   #1, a PRS SE Angelus, in gorgeous midnite black, went to Emerging Artist Contest winner Luke Willette on […]

Sea Level Festival Honors Long-Time Volunteers

Over the past ten years, there have been hundreds and hundreds of amazing volunteers who have helped build, sustain and grow the Sea Level Singer/Songwriter Festival to support the mission of Tidewater Arts Outreach. We have been truly humbled by and grateful for their energy, creativity, and generosity. Each year we recognize special individuals who’s sustained […]

‘Hidden Heroes’ Therapeutic Arts FREE for Veterans’ Caregivers

Monthly Therapeutic Arts Events for Caregivers Offered at the Hampton VA        Tidewater Arts Outreach offers free, monthly respite sessions to Hampton Roads military caregivers at the Hampton VA in 2017.  The two-hour sessions are held monthly on the third Tuesday and feature a variety of arts interventions, including visual arts, songwriting, drumming, […]